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Drama & Theatre Studies

Hymers College

Hymers Avenue, Hull, Yorkshire, HU3 1LN

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
AQA 7262/W
Languages, Literature and Culture

Course Summary

A Level Drama & Theatre Studies is a challenging and rewarding course, which develops a range of academic and creative skills. The course provides a context for personal development through serious study of drama and theatre. Students get to study various styles of theatre and practitioner influences (e.g. Brecht’s Epic theatre), as well as develop their range of dramatic techniques. The course also provides the basis for an informed and lasting appreciation and enjoyment of drama and theatre, either as participants or informed members of an audience.

Students will have the opportunity to see a range of performances to inform their practical work, and to analyse plays and their historical context. Students also study the influences and importance of particular performers, directors, designers, theatre companies (e.g. Frantic Assembly), as well as learn theatre history and historical performance conditions (e.g. Restoration theatre).

Course Details

The subject content details the knowledge, understanding and skills that students are expected to develop throughout the course of study. For the practical components students choose to work as performers, designers (design students may choose lighting, sound, set, costume or puppets) or directors.

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Drama and Theatre

What’s assessed:

• Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre

• Study of two set plays, one chosen from List A.

One chosen from List B.

Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers

How it’s assessed:

• Written exam: 3 hours

• Open book

• 80 marks

40% of A-level

Component 2: Creating original drama (practical)

What’s assessed:

• Process of creating devised drama.

• Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).

Devised piece must be influenced by the work and methodologies of one prescribed practitioner.

How it’s assessed:

• Working notebook (40 marks)

• Devised performance (20 marks)

• 60 marks in total

• 30% of A Level

This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.

Component 3: Making Theatre (practical)

What’s assessed:

• Practical exploration and interpretation of three extracts (Extract 1, 2 and 3) each taken from a different play.

• Methodology of a prescribed practitioner must be applied to Extract 3.

Extract 3 is to be performed as a final assessed piece (students may contribute as performer, designer or director).

Reflective report analysing and evaluating theatrical interpretation of all three extracts.

How it’s assessed:

• Performance of Extract 3 (40 marks)

• Reflective report (20 marks)

• 60 marks in total

• 30 % of A Level

This component is marked by AQA.

Entry requirements

An interest in theatre and participation in Drama at GCSE or in extra-curricular activities such as Youth Theatre or LAMDA examinations.

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